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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
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Jun 12, 10

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Read on June 11, 2010

Major Pettigrew is a widower who lives a quiet, comfortable life in a cozy English village. He believes in proper manners, in following the rules, in fitting in. That all changes after the death of his brother and when he becomes friends with a local woman of color.

This book deals with love, racism, grief, being a parent, and finding meaning again when society says you should be happy to just sip tea and fade away in the shadows.

I adored the characters here, the sharp edges and wit, the vivid narrative and strong dialogue.

This is probably one of the best novels I've read in years and I highly recommend it.
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Writerlibrarian I have that book on order. Should be here around the end of April. It sounds quite good.

Grey853 I heard some excerpts and an interview with the author on NPR. It sounded intriguing.

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